The Territory Government is boosting local economies in homelands by funding employment and training opportunities for local residents.
Assistant Minister for Housing and Community Development, Lawrence Costa said Government understands the importance of local jobs for residents particularly those in the bush.
“We are delivering on our election commitment of local jobs for local people. We have dedicated $5.891million to funding the 2017/18 financial year’s Homeland Jobs program, resulting in 142 full-time equivalent positions,” he said.
“We understand that a rewarding job greatly improves quality of life. Employing local residents to work in their own community instills a sense of pride in that worker and their community.
“Positions funded by the program will deliver essential services such as electricity and water supply, repairs and maintenance, rubbish removal and landscaping.
“These services will have a positive impact on homelands and town camps and provide job opportunities for local workers on country.
“A total of 34 service providers are currently receiving funding.”
Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation is one of those providers and has six local residents employed under the program.
Long-term Maningrida resident Chris Taylor is one of those employees.
“I work out in the homelands fixing broken items like doors, fly screens and rusted items. Communities are proud of me when I do that work,” he said.
“I work with my mates and get to do training and having skills in plumbing and welding. I am a skillful man.
“It’s hard work and hot, but I grew up in the hot. Work is good fun.”
Funding for the program will continue until 2020.
Source: NT Government